Refurbished 128 GB iPad Models Begin Appearing in Apple Online Store.

Late last week, Apple’s online store for refurbished products began offering 128 GB fourth-generation iPad models for the first time. Wi-Fi models in black and white are currently being quoted shipping times of 5-7 business days with pricing set at $679, a discount of $120 from brand-new units.

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The only cellular model currently available through the refurbished store is the white AT&T model, which carries an identical 5-7 business day shipping estimate and is priced at $789, a $140 discount compared to brand-new pricing.

Apple launched the 128 GB fourth-generation iPad in early February, several months after the release of lower-capacity models that saw updated internals and a move to Apple’s new Lightning connector.

The fifth-generation iPad is expected to debut as soon as next month with a redesigned body taking design cues from the iPad mini, giving the full-size iPad a significantly narrower and thinner profile.

Source: Mac Rumors.

The Best Way To Score Yourself A Deal On A Refurbished Apple Product.

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There are a lot of compelling reasons to buy a refurbished Apple product instead of a new one. Not only are they cheaper and come with the same warranty, but because they’ve been gone over with a fine-tooth comb for problems, there’s an argument to be made that they are even less likely to exhibit problems after purchase.

The only problem? Buying a refurbished Apple can be a crapshoot. You go to the official Apple.com Refurbished page and see if the machine you want is available. If it is, great! If not, you just keep checking back.

A new website by Guillaume Bourdreau makes this process a lot easier, though. It allows you to subscribe to email alerts when any refurbished Apple product you want comes back in stock, and it works even internationally. If you want a lightly used Mac for a rock bottom price, check it out!

Source:  Cult of Mac

Apple Cuts Prices on Refurbished iPad mini and iPad 4 Models.

Apple has significantly dropped the prices on refurbished iPad minis and fourth-generation iPads. All models are now available at approximately a 15% discount compared to new models.

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Introduced last October, the iPad mini and fourth-generation arrived in Apple’s online store for refurbished products in mid-March at modest discounts. The company’s 128 GB fourth-generation iPad models introduced in early February have yet to appear in the refurbished store.

Pricing is as follows:

iPad mini

  • 16 GB Wi-Fi: $279, down from $299 previously and $329 brand-new
  • 32 GB Wi-Fi: $359, down from $389 previously and $429 brand-new
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi: $439, down from $489 previously and $529 brand-new
  • 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $389, down from $429 previously and $459 brand-new
  • 32 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $469, down from $519 previously and $559 brand-new
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $549, down from $619 previously and $659 brand-new

Fourth-generation iPad

  • 16 GB Wi-Fi: $419, down from $449 previously and $499 brand-new
  • 32 GB Wi-Fi: $499, down from $549 previously and $599 brand-new
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi: $579, down from $649 previously and $699 brand-new
  • 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $529, down from $579 previously and $629 brand-new
  • 32 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $609, down from $679 previously and $729 brand-new
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $689, down from $779 previously and $829 brand-new

You can find the refurbished iPad mini and iPad 4 models in Apple’s online store.

Secret eBay store undercutting Apple’s refurb store by as much as $100.

It has emerged today that Apple’s ‘secret’ eBay store is selling certified refurbished products for up to $100 less than prices offered via Apple’s official refurbished outlet.

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Prices found show a 13.3″ Macbook Air (128GB) selling for just $899), $100 less than the official refurb price. Savings of $50 were found on 64GB iPod touch models and Verizon’s 3G iPad 2 models. There were also $30 savings to be had on Apple’s 32GB iPod touch, which usually retails at an official refurbished price of $229.

Apple’s secret eBay outlet has proven a popular source for many eBay customers, and it’s safe to say that if you’re in the game for any refurbished Apple products, then this might be a good place to start.

Source: TodaysiPhone.

Apple drops prices on refurbished Mac Minis by $50, now start at $469.

Apple has taken an additional $50 off the refurbished 2011 Mac mini this afternoon on its online Certified Refurbished Store. Apple now offers the Intel Core i5 starting at $469 for the 2.3GHz model with 2GB of RAM. As it does with the entire refurb store, a 1 year warranty is applied just like new models.

Source: 9to5Mac.

Apple selling refurbished iPads, MacBooks, and iPods on eBay.

Could the seller “refurbished outlet” actually be Apple?

(Credit: Screenshot by Dara Kerr/CNET)

Maybe it’s that Black Friday shopping time of year or maybe Apple is trying an experiment, but it appears that the company now may be selling its refurbished products on eBay.

According to 9to5Mac, which noticed the site a few weeks ago, the eBay store has been up for about a month, and many aspects of it exactly mimic Apple’s Web store. For example, the refurbished products are the exact same price and come with the same perks as the Apple Store, like a one-year warranty, original OS, and “final quality inspection by Apple.”

Operating under the guise of “refurbished outlet,” this seller has a 99.7 percent approval rating and has received comments like, “Great product, awesome price, Apple backed warranty!! This rocks.” Neither Apple nor eBay has confirmed that this is an Apple-run store on eBay, however.

 As of now, 23 items are for sale in the store, including 15 iPads, six MacBooks, and twoiPods. “Refurbished outlet” gives the option to pay extra on some items for a yearlong GeekSquad warranty. Shoppers can’t bid on any of the products, because there is only the “Buy It Now” option.

One bonus 9to5Mac points out is that, unlike the online Apple Store, the eBay store only charges taxes in a few states, including California, Indiana, Nevada, New Jersey, and Texas, and Washington, D.C.

CNET contacted Apple and eBay for confirmation.

Source: CNET News.